Advanced Fiction Writing

Michael W. Cox, Advanced Fiction Writing, Fall 2018

Course Description:

In this course you will practice writing literary fiction based on things you have lived through, observed first-hand, or deeply imagined. Literary fiction tends to be more character-based than plot-oriented; other important literary elements include a believable setting, a strictly observed point of view, and the use of scene or half-scene. We will consider ways of turning raw material into unified, coherent fictions. We will also study published examples of contemporary literary fiction, parsing these short stories for style, meaning, and technique. Stylish writing will be encouraged, though not at the expense of proper grammar, punctuation, mechanics, spelling, or presentation. Careful attention to the published readings, thoughtful application during the exercises, and civil participation in workshops will also help you develop successful literary prose.

Required Texts:

The Art and Craft of Fiction [2e] should be available at the campus bookstore. (The first edition also works, if by chance you already own it, but you will need to track down two stories.) Other professional readings will be made available online (print them and bring them to class) for all assignment days and distribution days. Be sure to bring your Kardos book to class on discussion days and exercise days. Read the stories in advance of class; consider the emotional or intellectual impact of the story and be alert for stylistic innovation.

Syllabus: 

Michael W. Cox, Advanced Fiction Writing, Fall 2014

Course Description:

This course assumes students know the basics of fiction. Students work on writing short stories and read a wide range of stories. Students can expect to revise their work regularly. Class sessions will address problems in fiction writing—from plot to characterization, from point-of-view to style. Prerequisite: ENGWRT 0050 or ENGWRT 0053.

Required Texts:

-The Art and Craft of Fiction

Syllabus: 

Michael W. Cox, Advanced Fiction Writing, Spring 2011

Course Description:

This course assumes students know the basics of fiction. Students work on writing short stories and read a wide range of stories. Students can expect to revise their work regularly. Class sessions will address problems in fiction writing—from plot to characterization, from point-of-view to style. Prerequisite: ENGWRT 0050 or ENGWRT 0053.

Required Texts:

-The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories

Syllabus: 

Michael W. Cox, Advanced Fiction Writing, Fall 2012

Course Description:

This course assumes students know the basics of fiction. Students work on writing short stories and read a wide range of stories. Students can expect to revise their work regularly. Class sessions will address problems in fiction writing—from plot to characterization, from point-of-view to style. Prerequisite: ENGWRT 0050 or ENGWRT 0053.

Required Texts:

The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories

Syllabus: 
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